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and their children. we are happy to be recommended for funding after initially being cut. this funding streams are incredibly critical to supporting our shelter facility. we are also very relieved and happy that some of our partnering agencies have been recommended as well. we urge you to support these programs in their entirety. thank you. supervisor chu: thank you. next speaker please. >> good morning, supervisors. our program of community services. we have been around for almost three years now, and we are the only african non-profit here in the city providing services to african immigrants, and i would like to take the opportunity to thank brian and all his staff for recommending us for the
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upcoming grant. we provide essential legal services right now because we believe that the immigration process starts with the quality. legal status. we have been so far trying to help all the africans, including also the african caribbean immigrants. in terms of integration and partnership, our first decision when we start it was to partner with community services, and i would like the opportunity to thank eric. our ambition is to expand and diversify our services. things like financial literacy. we mostly help people who have never had a bank account in their lives, and getting here and having to deal with credit
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cards and all kinds of financial issues is quite the challenge. we have the ambition of explaining our services, but right now, again, we would like to thank brian and all his staff and also ask for your support so that we can receive this grant. thank you. supervisor chu: thank you. next speaker. i also have two more speaker cards. >> good morning. iowa and the executive director of women's initiative for self employment. you may remember that we were given a certificate of recognition by supervisor campos at a recent board of supervisors meeting, but in case you are not familiar with our organization, i want to share a brief bit about what we do. we were founded 23 years ago to help low-income women start and expand their own businesses. we provide business management training, micro loans, and ongoing support in english and spanish. our 23 years of data show our
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programs are bringing women and families out of poverty and bringing job creation and economic development to our city. since our founding, we have served over 24,000 women, helping start up and expand thousands of businesses beating local economies in every one of our districts. you may recognize some of our graduates. the popular front porch restaurant in battle heights, urban bazaars, richie indiana foot in south of market, and ran box preschool -- the front porch restaurant in burn all heights -- arnold -- bernal heights. our recent graduates created 157 jobs. our clients increase household income by 60% just one year after graduating on average. now, to the unfortunate news. women's initiative has received $100,000 each year from san francisco cdbg funds.
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we have consistently surpass the majority of our goals. despite the results and its incredible economic impact, we have been recommended for a bit the thousand dollars cut to our funding. this means we will not be able to hold two of our projected 12 classes in 2011 and 2012, and it just $4,000 per job created, our program is one of the most proven, economical, and effective ways to create jobs and spur economic activity in our city. i urge you to reconsider the recommendation. supervisor chu: thank you. next speaker. >> good morning, supervisors. san francisco domestic violence consortium. we want to thank brian and the mayor's office on housing for recognizing the needs of battered women and their children in san francisco. domestic violence is the second leading cause of homelessness among women and children in san francisco and beyond, and we appreciate prioritizing this population.
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i know it was a tough decision this year. we will do everything we can to try to solidify funding as we move forward, but this year is so very dire because as our city is suffering, our mothers and children are suffering. thank you very much. >> thank you. next speaker. >> we are entering our 38 year in providing free legal services to the very low income immigrant latinos, the modeling will spanish-speaking community, and we understand these cuts were difficult, and we appreciate the well thought out plan for this, and we appreciate we will continue to receive funding. has been cut every year, and it will be difficult this year, so we urge the finance committee to look at city funding of all the cuts and possible revenue- generating possibilities. right now, i think every agency is facing the same thing. it is a lot for each agency. right now, we provide safety nets so that people receive
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their wages. a lot of our restaurant workers, hotel workers, domestic labor, the day laborers, domestic workers, make sure they get their pay so they can pay their rent. we work with the elderly to make sure they receive their benefits. these free legal services are in dire need to the community, and we hope you will look at ways to make sure that our agency by far can continue to provide that safety net for the community. thank you. supervisor chu: thank you. >> good morning. founder and director of [inaudible] i am here to express my appreciation for the grant from the mayor's office of housing community development division, which supports our after-school program for high risk youth in a college pathway. our program is a local san francisco digital media skilled
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and training program for young people to gain skills in multimedia production and filmmaking. our mission is to build productive and -- productive community members in san francisco. this support is so important to us because many of our young people do not have educational opportunities that are bridging from high school to college, and this grant specifically supports our college pathway component, which helps young people who reside in the mission district, in the bay view, sunnyvale, the war, western addition, excelsior, and, yes, all of those. the opportunities to go to san francisco state and support to go to city college. we are so appreciative of this grant, and it supports our young people in their efforts to improve their lives when many
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other opportunities are not available to them. thank you so much. supervisor chu: thank you. >> thank you, supervisors. i am here to speak on behalf of our economic development program to received three grants funded through cdbg funds. i want to say i really appreciate the incredible care with which each of the department has approached the challenging situation, and the incredible work on the part of the citizens committee. i really feel like there was a deep level of commitment to looking at what services need to be funded and how to try to keep communities fall, and i want to speak to the integrity of the process. i think that we are a unique program in that we're the only economic development programs serving the lgbt community.
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any% of our clients have not accessed services through other city-funded programs, so we really reached a unique demographic. we also want to speak to the issue of the myth of lgbt affluence. there is a sense that the community is one of economic privilege when we are not. we largely reflect the world around us and have specific barriers to economic success, including employment, education, lack of access to family support, discrimination areas of housing, many intercepting barriers that particularly impact members of our community. so our program has really been developed to speak to the specific needs of that. we are really pleased to be working for the work force development and our home buyer's program, which is new and growing, and we received strong support from the mayor's office of housing with a program.
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we are looking at a pretty significant cut of 60% of our economic development program, so she is going to speak a little bit more to that program. >> thank you. i am director of economic development at the lgbt center, and i want to start with the same thank you for the process. i know there have been difficult decisions made about what to do in an arena of increased need and reduced funding. to that end, i would like to ask you to think about the significance that we have been able to have on the ground already in doing business development and providing services to micro enterprises and small enterprises in san francisco. we provide services primarily to folks who are lgbt, but we have also the doing a program that works in the retail corridors of
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the city. through both of these programs, i am excited to say that we have been able to create a lot of pathways for people from unemployment or from businesses that are underperforming or people who have ideas to people who are actually self-employed, hiring other folks in the community and being able to be leaders among small businesses in the small business community. i implore you to think about the and the importance. rebecca mentioned it, and i'm sure most of this room understands that the lgbt community is not one that is best described as well the overall. in fact, that this is a community where there is often significant need. 7% of folks that are transgendered are unemployed. the% live below the poverty line. this is an important group, an
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important set of programs to be able to support, so thank you for your commitment to seeing this process through. i would love to see that there is an increase of funding to our development services as a result of this process. thank you. supervisor chu: thank you. next speaker. and my final speaker card for this topic. go ahead. >> i am the director of vouchers, and i was also going to speak for treasure island, which i will later on, but i wanted to mention that we receive money for the community development block grant. it is a little cut, but we are very grateful. i do not know if this board is aware that they fund -- that money that is funded helps veterans with benefit claims and other -- veterans who have less than honorable discharges with that paper. i think it is the only city in the county, in the country that funds that kind of services for veterans benefits. it is very unique, and veterans
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desperately need to have their claims represented because it makes a difference between life and death. very recently, like yesterday, the ninth district court of appeals issued a very powerful opinion about veterans having their constitutional rights, having due process and a right to have lawyers represent their claims before the va. it is very significant and happen in our backyard, but i want to again thank the city of san francisco for being so progressive in recognizing the needs of veterans. thanks. supervisor chu: thank you. >> good morning. i am here to speak on behalf of the children and youth and families and small businesses that we represent. your funding was not recommended this year, although it has been since 1984. we are over performers, and most of our goals and needs -- we're
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working actively with families to help develop businesses in the community and support our children. the work that we do is prevent it in terms of what is going to happen -- preventive in terms of what is going to happen to our children in the future. we hope you will reconsider your decision. last year, we supported 20 different small businesses in their opening and becoming viable support to our economy and our city and our community. we are doing that same work now. with your funding, we have been able to do this work, and we hope that we will be able to do it again in the future. i asked you to reconsider your decision. thank you for your time. supervisor chu: thank you. >> supervisors, i am here to represent an organization. one of the 227 survivors accessing our support services last year told us, but what what what i have done?
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you made me say. you gave me back my dignity and my life." is on her behalf and the remaining women and children we serve that we like to thank the mayor's office of housing for recommending the emergency shelter grant program and community development block grant program funds this year. those funds were initially not recommended, but they are critical in providing a safety net for domestic violence victims in san francisco. some of san francisco's most vulnerable residents. the center serves residents from across the city, and the $50,000 award that we receive and have received supports crisis intervention, tree out, and support services for more than 75 women, teenagers, and children each year. the capacity of our city and a strong evidence of all of our abilities -- the capacity of our city and its ability to thrive depends on all of our abilities
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-- excuse me. thank you very much. supervisor chu: thank you very much. next speaker. >> i am the director of the filipino community center. i'm here today to express appreciation for the funding we did receive through the block grant program, particularly our work in the excelsior neighborhood, serving over
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15,000 filipinos, documented and undocumented. in the last year, we have seen a huge increase in the number of people who need our services. being able to come to a place that is centrally located in the community with a lit where we have been able to put people to work, help people find housing, address their needs around immigration and domestic violence, and this is because of our ability to provide culturally competent and neighborhood-based services. we know this is a difficult time and have had to readjust our programs and focus on the core strategies that are most in need in our community. while we have in the past increase resources around a point of support services, we are refocusing our program to address that difficult need in these difficult economic times. because of the funding decrease from the federal level, we're doing what we can to support increased funding from that level and doing advocacy work to make sure that these resources are available to all cities but particularly our communities in san francisco, and we hope the community will continue to invest, specifically in
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culturally competent and neighborhood-based services, because of the ability of these organizations to provide direct services that access the communities that need it the most. so thank you very much. supervisor chu: thank you very much. are there any other speakers who wish to comment on these items? these are items four, five, and 6. seeing none, public comment is closed. supervisor mirkarimi: motion to accept with a recommendation. supervisor chu: we have a motion to send the items forward with recommendations. before we do, supervisor kim? supervisor kim: thank you, and i second that. i want to thank all the community-based organizations that came out today for the tremendous work you do for our city. my role is supporting the great work you do and also for so effectively leveraging dollars to provide much-needed services
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ranging from helping victims of domestic violence to families that are in our shelter system. the list of organizations on this list is a tremendous list -- i am really proud that our city has all of you here. i really want to thank cccd and brian from moh for doing this work. what we're seeing at the federal level in terms of cuts coming down a really tremendous and anchoring, actually, and we need to do what we can to make sure we are operating the city that we have, so i want to thank you for your work. i know this is a really tough job, knowing that many of the organizations are already getting cuts through private and other public sources, and this would be an addition on top of that. but i know that folks worked very hard to be very strategic about the cuts and looking at where our dollars are needed the most during these tough times, so thank you. supervisor chu: thank you,
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supervisor. i want to echo my thanks to the organizations and for brian and other folks who have worked hard to pull this together. before we do take the motion, i want to make a quick correction on item four. line 15 should read, "124,000." we're simply missing a zero. i did not believe it is substantive because we have referred, at least in the result clauses, about the $24,000, and it is also in the title. can we take back correction -- can we take that correction? and then send the items out with recommendation. without objection. thank you. we would generally go through our next item, but supervisor president david chiu would like to be on hand for this topic, so
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why don't we skit to item 8 please? >> item 8, awarded its appropriate $1,920,000 from general fund reserve and $360,000 from the public library preservation fund balance to the department of public works and recreation and parks department, the library department, and the mayor's office for litigation expenses related to the united states court case, doing -- for a legend americans with disability act violations. supervisor chu: thank you very much. we have gym every from the city attorney's office. i imagine that other folks can also provide additional information about this request. we do not have a budget analyst report for this item. generally, we would. however, given the time constraints but in the coming agenda as we thought would be proven, if any
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committee members have any questions about the need for, in addition to the city attorney and library representatives. mr. emery? >> actually, he is not presenting on this. i can inform the committee. this is to cover the expenses that other departments have incurred in connection with this case. it has been around since 2007 and is a city wide challenge in claiming that. they are not accessible to people with disability. this is a class-action lawsuit.
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the trial concluded last week ended in the process of post trial briefing in the offices. because of the nature of the claims split amongst liability in this case around the departments, public works with respect to public right of way and facilities and so on, each department has been contributing to litigation expenses involved in this case. to give you the idea of the magnitude of what we are talking about, i know that our office over the last four and more years has expense 15,000 hours in preparing for trial and work with experts, etc. we have spent over $500,000 on experts to date. that is an overview of the case. we will also inform the board at a later time of the courts
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decision and what it means for the city. that would likely be better handled in a court session pending litigation. supervisor chu: thank you very much. to clarify, these expenses have already been incurred? >> mostly incurred through trial. as i said, there will be post- trial work that we are in the process of doing well. it is possible that there could be appeals on either side, but we are in the position now to do additional briefings and this is intended to cover those expenses as well. supervisor chu: to the comptroller's office, given that this covers work already incurred, should there not be a need to fully utilize this allocation, what would happen to
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the remaining funds? >> as always, if those funds are found to not be required in this case to make the city attorney's office whole, they would be closed back to the general fund reserve, which would then be available to the mayor for the subsequent year. supervisor chu: for clarification, the department of public works responsibilities 842,000. the office of disability is generally funded at 241,000. this is split up in to that which is not in general fund. public comment on this item. are there any members of the public that wish to speak on
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this item? item number eight? seeing no one, public comment disclosed. we have a motion to send this item forward with a recommendation. that can be done without objection. can we call items 10, 11, and 12, please? and nine, thank you. >> item #9. ordinance approving a development agreement between the city and county of san francisco and treasure island community development, llc, for certain real property located within treasure island/yerba buena island; exempting certain sections of administrative code chapter 6, chapter 14b and chapter 56; and adopting findings, including findings under the california environmental quality act, findings of consistency with the city's general plan and with the eight priority policies of planning code section 101.1(b), and findings relating to the formation of infrastructure financing districts. item number 10. resolution approving the amended
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and restated base closure homeless assistance agreement with the treasure island homeless development initiative; adopting findings, including findings that the agreement is consistent with the city's general plan and the eight priority policies of city planning code section 101.1 and findings under the california environmental quality act. item number 11. ordinance appropriating $1,925,000 from the general fund reserve and $360,000 from the public library preservation fund available fund balance to the department of public works, the recreation and park department, the library department, and the mayor's office of disability for litigation expenses related to the united states district court case between ivana kirola et. al. v. city and county of san francisco for alleged american with disabilities act violations in fy2010-2011. item number 12. resolution approving a disposition and development agreement between the treasure island development authority and treasure island community development, llc, for certain real property located on treasure island/yerba buena island; approving an interagency cooperation agreement between the city and the treasure island development authority; and adopting findings, including findings that the agreements are consistent with the city's general plan and eight priority policies of city planning code section 101.1, and findings under the california environmental quality act. supervisor chu: thank you very much.
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>> from the office of economic workforce development, we have a brief presentation for the project in front of the general public benefit for the project. land use already before the title board in planning commission for a number of public meetings, we will be brief with coverage of the general bun that. the project description that you see before the project, up to 500 hotel rooms and 550,000 square feet of retail and commercial space with 300 acres opera used for open space. community benefits include affordable housing, open space, and jobs in economic development. the land use plan is similar to
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the one the two were approved in 2010 with 8000 units centered around the transit hub carrying us access. public benefits include infrastructure for the island at a cost of $170 million. technology improvements to stabilize the island. in san francisco, as well as protection, we have talked a lot about that. raising the island currently about one-fifth downtown, we purchased this from the navy at a cost of $117 million. the transportation program is innovative, we feel, and has been developed to encourage folks to use transit and not automobiles. e